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Coal Pit Learning Center, Making Dreams Real

Posted on August 30, 2010 in News

Fall is in full swing and the children are back at the Coal Pit Learning Center enjoying their new upgraded learning center.

KBS joined forces with The Rotary Club of Innsbrook to make Coal Pit’s dream a reality by giving these children and staff not only a renovated classroom, but a new multipurpose room nearly doubling the existing space, renovation of the kitchen and bathrooms and upgrades to the electrical and HVAC systems. In addition to the construction, a baby grand piano was donated to the center.

“By contributing their expertise, project management, labor, networking and construction administration, KBS has joined with our Rotary Club and many other supporters to provide a first class educational facility that will truly make a difference in the lives of the children who depend so much on Coal Pit,” said Lisa Hollier, co-chairman of the Rotary Club of Innsbrook. “The commitment of personal resources and time to a project like this underscores KBS’s commitment to the true spirit of community service.”

The Coal Pit Learning Center provides at-risk children with a no-cost pre-school education helping them to develop fundamental social, emotional and academic skills for future school success. The Center’s name derives from the historic Coal Pit School, the century-old, two-room schoolhouse in which the center operates. The school originally was built to serve the families of workers in Henrico County’s coal mines.

“This project would have never been possible without the teaming opportunity between the Rotary Club of Innsbrook and KBS and their contacts in the building industry. It was a rewarding relationship for everyone who touched the project. When you work on something like this, you realize it is changing you for the better as much as it is helping others,” said Fred Thompson, senior principle of Architects Dayton, Thompson & Associates, the firm providing the architectural and design services.